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A. E. HousmanA Shropshire Lad (July 29, 2007)

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LibriVox recording of A Shropshire Lad, by A.E. Housman. Read by Alaaious.

A Shropshire Lad is a cycle of sixty-three poems by the English poet Alfred Edward Housman. A Shropshire Lad was first published in 1896 at Housman's own expense after several publishers had turned it down. At first the book sold slowly, but during the Second Boer War, Housman's nostalgic depiction of rural life and young men's early deaths struck a chord with English readers and the book became a bestseller. Later, World War I further increased its popularity.(Summary from Wikipedia)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collection: Audio Books & Poetry

Artist/Composer: A. E. Housman
Date: 2007-07-29
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; literature; audiobooks; poetry; housman; mortality

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: ThreeCat - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - July 15, 2011
Subject: Doesn't work
I'd like to thank the volunteer reader for his effort, but I'm afraid he reads it much, much, much too rapidly. It's written as calm, pastoral, lyrical poetry. I'm afraid that this one also doesn't work with an American accent. While that's often a grumble from English listeners, in the case of A Shropshire Lad, this is very particularly true - it is SO much a piece about a specific English regional identity, that it desperately needs reading in an English accent - and preferably a Shropshire one.

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